Combustion 2.1 launch at Macworld

January 9, 2003

Fxguide caught up with Discreet’s Peter Moxom and John Worthington to discuss the new directions for Combustion.

John Worthington is at MacWorld this week launching version 2.1 of Combustion. This version is not only a new release, but is now being dramatically reduced in price.

UPDATED Jan. 9, 2003

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Visual Effects Oscar 2002 – 7 considered films announced

January 8, 2003

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the seven films being considered for Achievement in Visual Effects for the 75th Academy Awards®…

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Centropolis FX closes and Matrix work moves shop

December 20, 2002

Centropolis FX based in Los Angeles closed its doors on Tuesday, December 17th 2002, according to CGChannel.

Centropolis FX was working on the Matrix Reloaded (Scheduled for release May 15), it is understood that this work has moved to Sony ImageWorks.

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A look at Ultimatte – AdvantEdge

December 20, 2002

Ultimatte has always pulled one of the best blue/green screen keys, hands down. If there was a complaint it was never quality, it was likely the learning curve and number of controls that required tweaking. AdvantEdge answers that by offering a new user interface that helps produce the expected great results with less struggle, while maintaining the full controls for fine adjustments. We took a look under the hood at this great new advance in plug-in keyer

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Speedsix Announces 5D Plug-ins Acquisition – UPDATED

December 19, 2002

Updated with information about support for inferno 5/8 and Digital Fusion 4 and as well as other info.

Speedsix Software has announced their purchase of the the sparks and plugins assets from the 5D liquidation. Hopefully we’ll have more information shortly, but in the meantime you can check out their press release….

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Exclusive Interview: Discreet Purchases Several 5D Assets

December 18, 2002

Rumors have been flying around the industry regarding the future of 5D technology and assets. What’s happening to the sparks? What about Cyborg? As we first speculated back in October, Discreet certainly did end up having an interest in some of the former company’s assets. Fxguide had the great opportunity to chat with Maurice Patel, Discreet Systems Product Marketing Manager, regarding Discreet’s purchase of several 5D assets and how those assets fit into

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5D’s Assets Sold

December 16, 2002

You can read the background here first about the disappointing demise of 5D Solutions, Ltd.

We’ll be posting an exclusive report early on Wednesday morning regarding this story as soon as we’re able to publish. The rumor mill has been swirling since the weekend regarding the purchase of 5D’s assets…..

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Artist in Action: ROBOTA – Doug Chiang and Sparx*

December 10, 2002

He designed the Battle Droid, Destroyer Droid, Naboo starfigher, Watto, and the Jedi gunships. So what was so cool, so great, that it dragged designer Doug Chiang away?

FXGuide caught up with Doug Chiang and the team at SPARX* who are bringing his vision to the screen. We discussed design, compositing and on the way we got some amazing behind the scenes quicktimes, showing how this amazing film is being made.

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Digital Fusion Free Demo Copy

December 7, 2002

The friendly chaps at Eyeon have followed in Alias Wavefront’s footsteps and have released a free version of the new Digital Fusion Software DF4 for you to play with and test.

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Artists in action: Jim Rygiel & Randy Cook LOTR

November 30, 2002

After just finishing the second installment of Lord of the Rings and on the eve of that film LOTR:The Two Towers being released December 18, Fxguide caught up with Jim Rygiel, Visual effects supervisor and Randy Cook, to discuss Weta, the LOTR trilogy, the 5 disc DVD and some of the technology behind this amazing achievement

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Artist in Action: Ron Brinkman and HOPE

November 21, 2002

Many people know him as one of the creators of SHAKE, and author of The Art and Science of Digital Compositing, but Ron Brinkman is also a writer and director of a new short film “Hope”.

FXGuide caught up with Ron via Damian Allen, himself an experienced Shake compositor, Damian asked him about Hope, Shake and what he’s researching into next.

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Who are you: FXGuide in focus

November 19, 2002

Did you ever wonder how FXguide got started, – or which are the best tips on the site? Ever wonder who you are, when you visit, or where you live ?

Starting in December we have a huge range of new things coming and we are keen to connect with you about what’s coming and where we are right now.

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Mill Film closes

November 18, 2002

With great sadness we report that Mill Film in the UK shut its doors today. Mill film has been a truely great contributor of visual effects shots, most noticeable Gladiator, for which they won the Academy Award and many others such as Black Hawk Down.

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Artist in Action: Die Another Day at MPC

November 7, 2002

Traktor directed this title track for the much awaited Bond film – Die Another Day – by arguably the biggest artist in the world, Madonna. The promo was posted at MPC, who also created visual effects for key sequences in the Bond film.

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GenArts offers 5D Customers special on Sapphire Plug-ins

November 4, 2002

During the month of November, GenArts is offering a special 20% discount
on Sapphire Plug-ins for any Discreet or Avid|DS machine currently
licensed for 5D Monsters plug-ins…

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